Imatges de pàgina

Decree XVIII.

WHercas the greatest part of the People of this

crine, and they that are, know only the Pata Noster, and Ave' Mary in the Syrian Tongue, which they do not understand, and most of the Children know not how to bless themselves, nay the Clergy themselves are ignorant thereof, not being able to say the Commandments ; there fore the Synod doth command, that in all Pariib Churches in the Morning and Evening, as the Vicar shall think most convenient, one of the Boys or the Bell-mau shall ring the little Bell to call the Boys and Girls together in the Church, where being allembled, the Vicar, or some other Clergyman that he shall appoint, hall irstruct them in the Doctrine, that is to say, the Sign of the Cross, the Pater Nostcr, Ave Mary, the Cieed, and the Commandments of God, and the Church, the Articles of Faith, and other Christian Doctrines in the Malabar Tongue, that so all may understand them, and not in the Sprian, which the People do not understand, it being the custom of the Church to teach the Do&trine to Children, and to the People in their Mother Tongue, and furthermore upon all Suxdays and Holydays, either before or after Majs, the Vicar shall teach the said Doctrine in the Congregation, that so all may be instructed therein, and shall also after having called the people


together with a Bell, teach it on the Evenings of Sundays, and as for the Churches that are in the Heaths, the Vicars shall give orders that the Children, or at least such of them as are nighest to the Church, shall upon a certain day of the Week come to learn the Doctrine, employing 0thers persons to instruct the rest therein, and the Schoolmasters that teach Syrian, or that teach to read and write, shall every day before they begin School repeat the said Doctrine to their Scholars in Malabar, neither shall ferior Orders, no not the first Tonsure, be given to Children before they can say the whole Doétrine in Malabar, in which they must be examined according to the Holy Council of Trent, and in all Churches there shall be a Book of the * Do&trine in the Malabar Tongue, for the instruction of Children : which the Synod doth entreat the Father Rector, of the College of Jesuits of Vaipicotta, to order to be trandated by some of that College, commanding all the Churches of this Diocess, as also exhorting all the Christians thereof at Night to cause the said Doctrine to be taught in their Houses to their whole Families, that so their Şervants and Slaves may be instructed therein, and the Confeffors in their Confessions must not fail to examine their Penitents in the Do&rine, and to exhort them to learn it.

any in

* Dodrine. ] The Christi- there is one Priest of a thousand aos of Malabar would certainly in Spain or Portugal, who if they lose the second Commandment, Mould have the whole Second by receiving this Roman Doctrine, Commandment repeated to them in which thar Commandment ne. would not say, what I have heard ver appears, no not as past. of more than one, and those very the first, nay in the Trideniine Ca- grave Priests too, 'lay of it, That techism, tho writ in Latin, and it might be John Calvin's, but they for the use of Parish-Priests, there were sure it was none of God's Comis only the three first words of it mandments. mentioned, and I do not believe



Decree XIX.


Hat the Faithful Christians in this Diocess

may in their Common Prayer be conformable to the whole Catholick Church, they must not from henceforward say the Ave Mary, as they have been taught by the Perfidious Neftorians, but must say it thus, Ave Mary full of Grace, the Lord be with thee, blessed art thou among

WOmen, blessed is Jesus the fruit of thy Womb.; Holy Mother of God pray for us Sinners, now, and at the hour of our Death, Amen, Jesus. And in this form it shall be inserted into all the Prayer Books of this Diocess.

Decree xx,


Hereas the Christians of this Diocefs do

not shew the least Reverence to the most Holy Name of Jesus when it is mentioned, which ariseth from the false Doctrine of the Nestorian Hereticks, who do impiously assert; That it is not worthy of Reverence, being the Name of a Humanę Person, teaching fallly that there are two Per


sons in Christ, therefore fince that Divine Name contains in it fo many Divine Mysteries, being the Name of our Redemption, and the Name above all Names, At which St. Paul faith, every knee in Heaven and in Earth, and below the Earth ought to bow, the Synod doth command, that as often either in the Gospel or Prayers of the Mass, or Offices, or any

where else that that Name is mentioned, all People do reverently bow their Body,whether they be sitting or standing, and the Clergy and other Christians, having their Caps on shall take them off, and the Vicars and Preachers must not neg. led to put their People frequently in mind thereof; and whereas the Name Lyo is the same with the most sweet Name of Jesus in the Malabar Language, and is commonly given to Children in Baptism; the Synod doth stri&ly prohibit the giving of that Name to any body for the future, commanding all that are called by it, to take another Name in Confirmation, or at any other time, it being a great irreverence for any one to be called by so high and Divine a Name.

Decree XXI.


Hereas, it is necessary that the Feast of

Christ's Nativity should be celebrated with great solemnity and uniformity through the whole Catholick Church ; the Synod doth command that on the Eve of that Festivity, all the Clergy and People do assemble together in the Church, there to say the Matins, with the greatest Solemnity possible; and that after they have done these Prayers, which shall end about Midnight, they shall make the customary Procession, which being over, a Solemn Mass shall be said, with all possible Festivity, after which the Priest may say a Mass at break of day, and a third at the usual time of Mass; for the Priest must know, that for the greater Solemnity of this Festival, they are permitted to say three Masses upon it, that is, one at Midnight, one at break of day, and a third at the ordinary time; or being private Masses, all three together after break of day, but being publick, shall be all said in the fore-mentioned Order ; neither shall they after the first two take the. Lavatory, but after having received the Blood, shall go on with the Mass without taking the Lavatory, that so they may be Fasting to celebrate the third; and they shall be very careful to have the Cups well scoured, and their Fingers washed clean with Water, which shall be preserved in a particular Veliêl in order to its being afterwards either thrown into a Pond, or poured under the Altar, or into the Baptismal Water that is in the Font; and if any Priest chrough carelessness should in either of the two first Masses take the Lavatory, after that it shall not be lawful for him to say any more, because the Mass is not to be celebrated but Fasting, which the taking of the Lavatory breaks.



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